The refurbishment and conservation work of Evan’s Home transforming it into the new prestigious Butler Gallery.
Evan’s Home was formerly the site of St. John’s Priory Monastic Settlement, it later became a military barracks. The current building was created by the bequest of Joseph Evans in 1818 as a Servants’ Asylum and continued as a home until the 1980’s.
In addition to the refurbishment of the historic building itself, the development delivers a significant new area of public open spaces which include a Children’s Garden, an Archaeological Garden, a Sculpture Garden and a new pedestrian connection from John Street through the site to John’s Quay.
There is also a café that integrates an outdoor seating area with views of the neighbouring St. John’s Priory. The transformation of Evan’s Home into the new Butler Gallery is a €6 million project funded by Kilkenny County Council with support of the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland.
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